“The services export is continuously growing, thus, total exports are projected to increase in single digit percentage.” Export Development Council (EDC) Executive Director Senen M. Perlada reported during the EDC Meeting last 06 February 2020.
The Semiconductor and Electronics Industries of the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI) reported that Electronics exports reached US$ 43.32 billion in 2019 accounting for 61.60% of the country’s total commodity exports of the year, or a 4.06%, exceeding the industry’s full-year growth target of 0-3% and reaching a new record. Also, the Electronics industry forecasts to grow by 5% this CY 2020.
Electronic products remained leading among the identified key exports of the Philippines under the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022 along with Processed Food and Beverage, Tourism, and information services such as the Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM)- PKC
In support to Strategy 1 of the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022 which is to improve the overall climate for export development, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) contributed through its submission of the Agency’s Policies, Action Plans and Programs (PAPs) to raise the productivity and competitiveness of Philippine Enterprises.
The DOTr PAPs focus on the development of infrastructures such as Railways, Maritime, Aviation, Road transport, and Toll roads. DOTr reported that from 2016 to 2019, it has reached a total of 119 completed airport projects; of which 70 projects are directly under the DOTr. Some completed projects include Marinduque, Sangley and Camiguin Airport.
Moreover, DOTr also reported numerous railway infrastructure projects namely the North-South Commuter Railway System, Metro Manila Subway, MRT3 Rehabilitation, Mindanao Railway, PNR South Long Haul (Manila-Batangas-Sorsogon), LRT-1 Cavite Extension and Subic-Clark Railway. It is noted that some of the said projects are now ongoing rehabilitation specifically that of the MRT-3 which includes the overhaul of the rail line’s 72 light rail vehicles, replacement of mainline tracks, rehabilitation of power and overhead catenary systems, and other improvements.
All these initiatives are geared to make the movement of goods and people not only easier and faster but more so, cost-effective and efficient.
Government agencies cited under Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 27 provide continuous support for export development to achieve the export target of $122B-$130B by year 2022 through the implementation of their Programs, Action Plans and Policies (PAPs).
The Departments of Trade & Industry, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Health, Finance, Information and Communication Technology, Interior and Local Government, Public works and Highways, Transportation, Tourism, Labor and Employment, Science and Technology, TESDA, CHED, BSP and NEDA are mandated to strengthen the implementation of the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) through MC No. 27.
The foregoing agencies are enjoined to submit to the Export Development Council (EDC) their PAPs aligned to the PEDP strategies in compliance to MC No. 62 “Approving the PEDP 2018-2022 and directing concerned agencies to ensure its implementation” as approved by the President on 26 June 2019.
In the recently convened PEDP Consultation Meeting with the 18 agencies, it was noted that accomplishments and initiatives from the said stakeholders will be reported to the exporting community and submitted to the President during the National Export Congress slated on 06 December 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center. Said report is in compliance to the implementation of the PEDP 2018-2022.
In a Presidential Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 62 approving the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022, concerned government agencies are mandated to implement their respective programs, activities and projects (PAPs) relevant to the PEDP.
Specifically, these agencies “shall implement policies, programs, and action plans to boost export growth and ensure the free flow of goods, in accordance with the Philippine Export Development Plan and Philippine Development Plan (PDP)”.
The “PEDP is synchronized with the period of PDP to harmonize the implementation of programs and to the continuity and consistency of policies and innovative strategies for boosting export growth and increasing job opportunities for Filipinos”.
The Department of Trade, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Health, Finance, Information and Communication Technology, Interior and Local Government, Public Works and Highways, Transportation, Tourism, Labor and Employment, Tourism, TESDA, CHED, BSP and NEDA are among the agencies mandated to strengthen the implementation of the Plan.
On 26 June 2019, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the MC No. 62 approving the PEDP 2018-2022 and directing the foregoing agencies to ensure its implementation. PKC
“First time exporters need to undergo training and seminars before they can apply for Client Profile Registration System (CPRS),” says CALABARZON experienced exporters This was aired during the Stakeholders Engagement to implement the Philippine Export Development Plan 2018-2022. Existing exporters advise aspiring exporters to first learn, not only the market requirements, but also the Philippine government’s requirements and procedures before making their first shipment, thus sparing them of the problems that the former have encountered.
The CPRS is an application that registers exporters to access the e2M system of the Bureau of Customs. Export transactions cannot be processed unless the exporter is registered in the CPRS.
Capacitating exporters through trainings and seminars on domestic and international regulations, policies and trends will also help exporters exploit existing and prospective bilateral, regional, and multilateral trading agreements.
The Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) and the Export Development Council (EDC) will hold a series of Stakeholders Engagements on the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022 in Regions. It aims to present the PEDP 2018-2022 and solicit commitments among stakeholders to implement the Plan. The first Stakeholders Engagement was conducted in General Santos City and Koronadal City for Region 12 last July 25-26, 2018.
Government agencies in Region 12 agreed on reported programs to align to the PEDP 2018-2022 Strategies. The agencies are committed on implementing the strategies as well as developing new programs that will help increase their region’s exports.
The Stakeholders Engagements will also serve as a venue to ensure an efficient, responsive and well-coordinated strategies among the concerned government agencies and entities that are directed to collectively work, review, institute reforms, and implement all relevant policies in harmony with the PEDP, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development Plan and the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) to boost export growth.
The succeeding Stakeholders Engagements will be held in NCR and Region IV-B on August 15; Regions IV-A on August 31; Region VIII on September 5; Region X on September 7; Region XI on September 11; Region III on September 19; and Region VII on September 27.
The Economic Development Cluster, in its meeting last 14 June 2018, strongly supported and endorsed the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022 for approval of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, Chair of the Export Development Council (EDC) eyes the approval of the PEDP 2018-2022 soon.
The PEDP 2018-2022 is a five-year roadmap that identifies three strategies and action plans to reach the country’s export targets of US$ 122 Billion in 2022.
The first strategy dwells on the government’s goal of improving the overall climate for export development through removal of unnecessary regulatory impediments, enhancement of trade facilitation, improved access to trade finance and export competitiveness.
The second strategy will exploit existing and prospective opportunities from trading arrangements. DTI has programs that aim to increase awareness on various opportunities offered by free trade agreements that the Philippines currently enjoys. In the new PEDP, the strategy proposed a dedicated program like DTI’s Doing Business in Free Trade Areas (DBFTA) to strengthen promotion efforts to prospective and existing exporters.
Lastly, the plan proposes the crafting of comprehensive packages to promote select products and services for export.
The Export Development Council (EDC), in its meeting last 09 March 2018 approved the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022 through Resolution No. 02, s. 2018 endorsing the PEDP 2018-2022 for the President’s approval.
As part of the process, the PEDP 2018-2022 will be submitted to the Office of the President through the Cabinet Economic Development Cluster.
Sec. 5 of Republic Act No. 7844 or the Export Development Act (EDA) provides that the President of the Republic of the Philippines shall approve the PEDP prepared by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) which shall form part of the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan, now called the Philippine Development Plan (PDP).
The PEDP 2018-2022 embodies the country’s export thrusts, strategies, programs and projects which are aligned with the PDP 2017-2022 and the 10-point socio economic agenda of the President for enhanced competitiveness and support to SMEs. It shall be jointly implemented by the government and export stakeholders. The Plan aims to increase exports to $122B-$130B in 2022.
Data and analyses in the said Plan were gathered from the EDC Visioning and Strategic Planning and a series of focused group discussions with stakeholders from the government and export sectors in NCR, Cebu City and Davao City in 2017.
By authority of President Rodrigo Duterte, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdia issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 27 “Directing all concerned Government Agencies to Strengthen the Implementation of the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) and involving other relevant agencies in the development of the export sector”.
Concerned agencies directed to collectively work, review, institute reforms, and implement all relevant policies are: DTI, DA, DOE, DENR, DOH, DOF, DICT, DILG, DPWH, DOTr, DOT, DOLE, DOST, TESDA, CHED, BSP, DFA, and NEDA. The Export Development Council (EDC) shall ensure the biannual validation and updating of the plan and oversee its implementation and coordinate the formulation and implementation of policy reforms and promotion strategies.
To ensure efficient, responsive and well-coordinated strategies, MC No. 27 involved other agencies in the development of the export sector, particularly those that can provide support to Information and Communications Technology (ICT), infrastructure, tourism, and manpower development and skills training.
For further information about the Memorandum Circular No. 27, visit the Official Gazette page at http://www.officialgazette.gov.ph
/2017/10/06/memorandum-circular-no-27-s-2017/ – Piercy Kieth Cezar
Mindanao and Cebu exporters provided inputs to the next Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022
The exporters underscored the need to increase government budget to finance exporters’ participation in international trade fairs and have bigger and more presentable Philippine booths to be at par with exporters of other ASEAN countries.
They also requested to intensify government information dissemination programs to communicate new and repealed regulations to prevent confusion among government officials and exporters regarding export clearances.
They also need information on potential local suppliers. DTI encouraged exporters to always visit the DTI website (http://www.tradelinephilippines.dti.gov.ph/), specifically Tradeline Philippines which contains trade data and a facility to match would-be and existing exporters with potential foreign buyers and local suppliers.
Other recommendations include Filipino product branding, lowering of logistics and power costs, addressing the issue on the overlapping of regulations and automating government transactions.
These inputs were gathered during the recent Focus Group Discussions (FGD) for the PEDP 2018-2022 in Cebu and Davao attended by various sectors from handicraft, shell, agrimarine products, food, banana, cacao, furniture, lifestyle products and activated carbon. The next FGD will be conducted with the services sector specifically IT-BPM, audiovisual, animation, franchising and retailing and tourism and travel-related services. –Asnia R. Bayao